Support Groups

FREE AND CONFIDENTIAL SERVICES for survivors of sexual assault and their supporters

Join YWCA Stepping Stones staff as they lead structured, educational support groups for various groups of survivors of sexual assault and their loved ones. The support groups will meet once a week. Dates, times, and locations will given after pre-registration with YWCA Stepping Stones. All groups are free, confidential, and private.

REGISTRATION
Group sizes are limited for each type of group and pre-registration and consultation visit is required prior to the first session. To learn more or to pre-register, please contact Gabe at gcripe@ywcamclean.org or (309) 585-3617.

 

EDUCATIONAL SUPPORT GROUP
Open to women over age 18. This group will bring awareness to sexual violence to vulnerable populations. Participants will learn the different forms of sexual assault/violence and the impact of rape trauma syndrome.

LGBTQIA SUPPORT GROUP
Best suited for ages 18 and over. This group will bring awareness to sexual violence in the LGBTQIA community, teach the different forms of sexual assault/violence, and the impact of rape trauma syndrome. This group will create a safe space to voice grievances, form long-lasting relationships, and create support systems.

HEARTLAND COMMUNITY COLLEGE SUPPORT GROUP
Open to college students ages 18 and over. The goal is to bring awareness to sexual violence in all its forms and the impact of rape trauma syndrome. This group will create a safe space to voice grievances, form long-lasting relationships, and a support system.

TRAUMA AND RECOVERY SUPPORT GROUP
Open to females over 18. This support group is once a week for fourteen weeks. The first set of sessions will focus on empowerment and the second set will focus on trauma recovery.

COPING WITH TRAUMA AFTER 60 SUPPORT GROUP
Suited for those 60 and over. Focus is on improving the health and quality of life in older adults who have experienced trauma, provide the tools required for healing after trauma, create support systems, redefine healthy relationships, and self care.

SIGNIFICANT OTHERS SUPPORT GROUP ALL GENDERS WELCOME!
Open those 18 and over. This group will promote awareness of sexual assault. The sessions also provide an understanding of rape trauma syndrome, healthy relationships, and how to support those we love who have been sexually assaulted.

ILLINOIS STATE UNIVERSITY SUPPORT GROUP
Open to college students ages 18 and over. Goal is to bring awareness to sexual violence in all its forms and the impact of rape trauma syndrome. This group will create a safe space to voice grievances, form long-lasting relationships, and a support system.

ILLINOIS WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY SUPPORT GROUP
Open to college students ages 18 and over. Goal is to bring awareness to sexual violence in all its forms and the impact of rape trauma syndrome. This group will create a safe space to voice grievances, form long-lasting relationships, and a support system.

MALE SURVIVOR SUPPORT GROUP
Open to males over age 18. This group will promote awareness and minimize the stigma attached to sexual assault in the male community, will teach about rape trauma, healthy relationships, being an ally, and your role in the community and advocacy.

TEEN SUPPORT GROUP

Open to ages 13-17. This group will bring awareness to sexual violence and it’s different forms, the impact of rape trauma syndrome, create a safe space to voice grievances, form long-lasting relationships, and a support systems.

Group Who Begins Day Time
LGBTQIA+ 18+ LGBTQIA individuals June 18 Every Monday 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Teens Young Women and Women-Identifying June 19 Every Tuesday 3:30-5:00 p.m.
Men’s Adult Men and Men-Identifying June 20 Every Wednesday 5:00-6:00 p.m.
Grounds for Hope Adult Women and Women- Identifying June 22 Every Friday 9:30-10:30 a.m.